I started to use the cool package for my maths, especially for integrals, but also for trigonometric functions. I would like to get things like a sine-square function, for example, using a code like \Sin[2]{x} yielding sin²(x). Also, I would like to add a sinc function, e.g. I know I could simply redefine the \Sin command but it would like to keep it consistent with the cool package.

Following the cool package implementation documentation 1 stupidly I've tried the following which is not working:

    \Sin{x} \\ % should produce the normal cool sin
    \Sin[2]{x} \\ % should produce sin^2
    \Sinc{x} % should produce sinc

Of course, the next step would be to make also sinc² possible.

How is any of this possible?


First of all you forgot \makeatletter and \makeatother; then it's straighforward:




\Sin{x}    \\ % should produce the normal cool sin
\Sin[2]{x} \\ % should produce sin^2
\Sinc{x}   \\ % should produce sinc
\Sinc[2]{x}   % should produce sinc^2


I'm not sure where the advantage over \sinc^{2}(x) is.

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  • oh right, I've never written own TeX commands using @ before. Thanks a lot! The difference between \sinc and \Sinc as defined above is a) that I might be able to change the parantheses in a consistent way, b) that they automatically change size with the content and c) I was thinking about implementing more commands in the cool package style which might profit more from the code, but sinc was an easy example. – riddleculous Feb 11 '16 at 15:04
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    @riddleculous Well, I just write \sin^2x without parentheses, as it has been common for about four centuries. ;-) – egreg Feb 12 '16 at 9:57
  • I agree, that is a method I am aware of ;) , but in my case, x is often a more complicated expression like a sum or product which makes parantheses useful. In the end, as I said, it also helps me to define other operators and functions that I use and that have a variable number of arguments. Sin and x were just chosen for simplicity. In the end it was that old \makeatletter problem – riddleculous Feb 12 '16 at 10:43

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